Sure, Dog Bowl may be primed for spilling delicious bits down yer front, and their cocktails may be a fiesty bunch, but it's not just scoffing that you can enjoy on a date night here. Head on down for some of the best bowling alleys in Manchester within a relaxed environment.
Best for First Date in Manchester
Big night planned? Take the stress out of your romantic date with that someone special. We've handpicked Manchester's top bars and restaurant for a first date; perfect for all couples and wallet sizes too. From stylish champagne bars and rustic restaurants to quirky bowling picks and epic pop-ups, wine and dine your crush with our list of first date ideas in Manchester.
Spectacular views from the top of Beetham Tower in the Hilton make Cloud 23 a date night heaven. This rooftop bar offers champagne and cocktails, as well as, a global bottled beer selection and afternoon tea. Ceiling to floor windows make this the perfect setting to impress someone special.
First dates are always a nerve-wracking adventure, so how about a bar in the city that will do the calming of nerves for you? Cool, enigmatic and serving up some seriously swanky vibes, The Refinery is serving up a stunning roster of cocktails and all day dining.
Whether you're looking to impress from the off, or go for a casual bottle or two on a first date in Manchester, Veeno will sort you two out good and proper. With international bottles, nerve-releasing wine tastings and charcuterie bites, it's casual with an edge of cool.
An opulent eatery nestled in the heart of Deansgate, Gusto is an ideal spot for elevated Italian fare in a glamorous setting. Go all out with your own private dining room or keep things classy with classic plates, refined drinks and glitzy decor in the main restaurant.
Taking up residency in the Corn Exchange, there's a wonderfully stylish and relaxed feel to Banyan. Open for mid-day coffee and cake, a dinner date or just a few chilled out cocktails, it's an easy-going place to get to know somebody new. Think cocktails and homely yet simple food.
Looking for a great place to eat on a first date in Manchester? With stunning food, affordable cocktails and a vibrant atmosphere, Revolucion De Cuba is a prime choice. Snag a table at this South America-inspired spot and enjoy a taste of the Latin life in amongst piled plates and tasty drinks.
With its secretive appeal, intimate interiors and cosy corners to get cosy in, this Northern Quarter bar makes an ideal spot for a first date in Manchester. Break the ice by playing on the free jukebox and loosen up with a few of Dusk Til Pawn's expertly crafted cocktails.
Boasting an eye-catching decor and the delicious dishes that have made The Ivy such a national treasure, the Spinningfields outpost of the infamous brand is all a breathtaking choice. From the Asian restaurant with a jade green floor to the decadent brasserie and gorgeous rooftop terrace, you can't go wrong here.
Home to a restaurant, bar, events spaces, an outdoor terrace, a florist, and even a cinema, CULTUREPLEX has all sorts going on. For a date night that won't disappoint, head to Ducie Street Warehouse for gorgeous interiors and a menu of French bistro-style cooking, natural wines, craft beers and classic cocktails.
Not your average date night, this Manchester spot is a jack of all trades. Check out Escape To Freight Island for roller disco, karaoke and retro arcade games. On the drinks front, there's Camden Town Brewery's and Salford's own Pomona Island, as well as pizza from Voodoo Ray's, meat from Baratxuri and tacos from Madre. Oh, and did we mention the massive live music lineup?
One of the sexiest spots in the city, Tattu is the go-to for Asian-inspired dishes, lush libations and sexy settings. From the pink plants to the dazzling dark vibes, this Spinningfields restaurant is sure to be an instant hit with your date.
You've had enough of the faffing, and you've decided to impress straight from the off on your date night? We've just the place. One of the best speakeasies bars in the city, The Fitzgerald is the perfect place to indulge in romance and stunning cocktails.